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Research Awards

2018 Applications - NOW OPEN

In 2018, ACRS will support the research of up to five students by the provision of Student Awards. The most outstanding proposals (which meet the eligibility criteria) will be awarded the Terry Walker Prize of $4000 or the Danielle Simmons Prize of $4000. Up to three ACRS research awards of $2500 will also be awarded. Awards may not be used to fund conference attendance or travel not related to field studies.

Given Terry Walker's commitment to field studies on Australian coral reefs and cays, this award is to be spent primarily on field studies on Australian coral reefs.

Given Danielle Simmons commitment to field work at Heron Island, successful applicants for this award will need to spend some time at Heron Island working in the field.

The other research grants (up to three) of $2500 are to be used for laboratory and/or field studies relevant to Australian coral reefs.

To apply, please download these two files:

1. Guidelines

2. Application Form

Please email your completed application form as a single file (.pdf or .doc), named: last name_first name to Rebecca Fox (

The closing date for research grant applications for 2018 will be Friday 16 February 5pm AEDT (4pm QLD time, 2pm WA time). Successful applicants will be notified by mid-March, with the formal announcement of award recipients to be made as part of the proceedings of the ACRS Annual Conference 2018.

Incomplete applications, applications not submitted in the format requested as well as applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Congratulations to the 2017 research award winners:

In 2017 we received a total of 15 applications for ACRS Student Awards. Although the overall number of applications was down slightly on previous years, we were encouraged by the fact that the projects represented a wide range of topics of relevance to the future of Australian coral reefs, highlighting the many and varied interests of our members.

Three projects were selected for support, representing a good success rate (20%) for applicants in the current research environment. The evaluation of applications was carried out by a sub-committee of ACRS Council Members, none of whom had students with submitted applications. Prior to assessment, all applications were redacted by a third party so assessors did not have information on the applicant's name, their institution or supervisor. Applications were then ranked according to the criteria listed in the Award Guidelines and the average of those rankings across assessors used to determine the award recipients.

Terry Walker Prize ($4000):

Emmanuel Marquez-Legorreta (UQ)
Visual learning in a changing world

Danielle Simmons Prize ($4000):

Alexia Graba-Landrey (JCU)
"The effect of temperature on algae-fish interactions on coral reefs”

ACRS Award ($2500):

Zoe Loffler (JCU)
“The changing susceptibility of Sargassum to grazing vs. browsing fishes”



ACRS Conference Travel Awards

Travel awards are provided to students for attendance to the annual ACRS conference (and the ICRS conference held every 4 years). For details on how to apply for a Travel Award to the 2017 ACRS Conference click here.


Conference Presentation Awards

These are awarded to the most outstanding student oral and poster presentations at the annual ACRS conference. Click here to see past winners.